Wolves 1 Brighton 1 (Report)
20/12/14 - 3.00pm
Brighton were agonisingly within minutes of a desperately needed win at Wolves on Saturday, but in the end we had to be content with a point.
Ahead of the game, even though we needed a win really, we would have taken a point at Molineux I think but with us just two minutes away from a win that Sami Hyypia, not to mention us, needed we were denied by a late equaliser in the 1-1 draw.
The best chance Albion have of getting out of trouble is to be positive, Hyypia's said this, and this is exactly how we started against Wolves and this brought us an early lead when Inigo Calderon perfectly found Darren Bent with his cross headed past Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme by the Aston Villa loanee.
Wolves came back into the game as the half went on and could have equalised but Dave Edwards headed wide from a Kortney Hause cross when he should have done better with David Stockdale pulling off a wonderful save to keep out Bakary Sako. James Henry crossed into Sako with his volley turned away by Stockdale, who also saved from him again shortly after with the saves coming either side of another Sako strike that hit the post.
We needed to keep it tight early in the second half but the good work from the first half looked to be undone when a penalty was awarded to Wolves shortly after the restart.
Stockdale adjudged by the referee to have brought down Nouha Dicko as he capitalised on a short back pass from Joe Bennett. The referee Darren Bond consulted with his linesman then changed his mind, rescinded the penalty award and subsequently booked Dicko for a dive!
The final 30 plus minutes would result in us playing with 10 men when a straight red card for Bruno was given for a two footed challenge on Kevin McDonald, and it wasn't long before the man advantage almost brought Wolves and equaliser but Stockdale again saved to keep out another Sako effort.
As we started to believe that we could see out the win we were denied when a late corner eventually saw Danny Batth rescue Wolves a point when he forced the ball home from five yards to deny us a much needed win.
Hyypia should, at least, hold onto his job at Christmas with us hopeful this draw can give us a foothold onto something better this festive period.
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